Explore Colorado's Outdoors at Element Basalt - Aspen

Basalt, Colorado is a place to thrive. Located between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, this ideal retreat offers many options of activities year-round. Here are our top five outdoor activities you don’t want to miss when you stay at Element Basalt - Aspen.

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Fly Fishing

Basalt is positioned near two Gold Medal fishing rivers, keeping fly fishing enthusiasts interested every season of the year. The Fryingpan River, which is considered a must for anyone fly fishing in Colorado, is known for Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout. The Roaring Fork River, a tributary of the Colorado River, spans approximately 70 miles and is located just one mile from our hotel.

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After spending a day on the river, take advantage of our location in Willits Town Center, and enjoy the local shops and restaurants, including a Whole Foods, just steps away from your room. Adventure over to Historic Downtown Basalt for more great local dining options, easily accessible by bus or bike. Take in the views of the two Gold Medal Rivers and explore the many art galleries and shops the area has to offer.


Hopping on a bike is a great way to see colorful Colorado. With a wide variety of terrain, both mountain and road biking are popular activities. 

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For those travelers looking for a leisure ride, Element Basalt offers a Bikes to Borrow program, where you can take out road bikes and a helmet free of charge to tour the town. If adrenaline-inducing mountain rides are more your speed, enjoy the miles of world-class mountain biking in the Aspen Snowmass area. Four Mountain Sports, located in Element Basalt, offers one-way bike rentals between their nearby locations free of charge to guests.


Hikers from across the globe are drawn to our local hiking trails. If you're unsure which path is best for you feel free to ask the front desk for suggestions, and we'll be happy to give directions to our favorite spots. Element Basalt is an easy drive away from the base of Sopris, where you can hike to the breathtaking Thomas Lakes. Head up the Arbaney Kittle Trailhead, and take in the panoramic views of the Roaring Fork Valley, or access the Mushroom Rock/Red Hill trails for phenomenal views of Sopris and Carbondale.

Take our regional bus system up to Aspen and Snowmass, and expand your hiking options into the Upper Roaring Fork Valley.  The Rio Grande Trail, extending 42-mile traverse from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, is a great option for a more leisurely stroll,. The trail winds next to the Roaring Fork River for majority of the journey with amazing views of the mountains and even an occasional glimpse of a bald eagle. 

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After taking in the beauty of the West by foot, return to Element for the Relax: Evening reception, Monday through Thursday from 5 - 6:30 pm, for complimentary food, wine, and beverage pairings.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Across all 5,000+ acres of skiable terrain, the Aspen Snowmass area has it all. With 330 marked trails and 42 lifts, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Whether you stick to groomers, tree runs, or find yourself in the backcountry, there is something for every skier's ability here.

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Take advantage of Element Basalt’s proximity to four top ski locations: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. Our regional bus service even has a stop right outside our door, so you don't have to worry about paying to park at the base. Check out our ski packages and learn how to get access to easy rentals, gear transportation, storage, and lift tickets at Four Mountain Sports located within the hotel.


The Basalt area is home to a variety of golf courses ranging in difficulty level. Head out on the links and hit a round at one of our favorite public courses. Check out our list and book a tee time today.

  • Aspen Municipal Golf Course
  • River Valley Ranch Golf Club
  • Ranch at Roaring Fork

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After a long day of play in the sun, unwind in one of our spacious guest rooms featuring one-of-a-kind views.

No matter your choice of activity, experience easy access to all of these outdoor adventures and more at Element Basalt - Aspen. Check out our exclusive offers and book your active getaway today.

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